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Sony axes “premium standard” line, including Xperia X, X Compact

Sony axes “premium standard” line, including Xperia X,  X Compact

When Sony launched its new Xperia X line, some of the models lacked the punch to make them appealing as flagship devices. It turns out that the Sony received the numbers proving so as well. At its investor conference in Tokyo, it revealed how its "Premium Standard Models", which included the Xperia X and the Xperia X Compact, didn't live up to their retail goals and, as such, will no longer see new models this year.

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Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 (2nd gen) goes up for preorder in US

Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 (2nd gen) goes up for preorder in US

Sony has announced that the second-generation version of its Digital Paper, model DPT-RP1, is now available to preorder in the US. This model builds upon the original, bringing with it everything we liked about the first model, only with an easier-to-read higher resolution display, wireless document transfer functionality, and more. Sony Digital Paper is targeted at academics, lawyers, medical professionals, and anyone else who needs a big, clean, and paper-like slate for taking and reading notes.

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Google Android Themes in O Beta code [Make way for Fuchsia OS]

Google Android Themes in O Beta code [Make way for Fuchsia OS]

This week an intrepid collection of developers have spotted the beginning of user interface themes in Android O for the Google Pixel. This could mean that Google will eventually allow users to theme their software with a set of colors, icons, and wallpapers that are made to make Android more personal. The first "theme" that's appeared is the "Pixel Theme" which includes User Icons 1-8, System Error, Primary, Secondary, tertiary, Quaternary, and Accent colors.

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Sony Xperia L1 unlocked budget phone goes on sale in US

Sony Xperia L1 unlocked budget phone goes on sale in US

The Xperia L1 phone Sony introduced back in March is now available to purchase in the U.S., giving buyers a new option in the budget-friendly category. This handset brings the same Xperia aesthetics we've seen on the maker's other recent smartphones, but with a comfortable $199 price and modest specifications. Users can expect a 720p display, quad-core processor, and more.

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Nintendo PlayStation prototype restored to working condition

Nintendo PlayStation prototype restored to working condition

Gaming fans may remember back to 2015 when a prototype of the legendary "Nintendo PlayStation" was discovered in a box of junk — it was barely functional, but it was the first time the hardware was seen in the wild. The early '90s saw Nintendo and Sony collaborating on the system — a SNES updated with a CD-ROM drive, allowing it to play both cartridge and disc-based games — but the partnership fell apart, and Sony went on to release the original PlayStation as we know it. Jump to today, and modder/hacker Ben Heckendorn has managed to repair the prototype.

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Why it’s time to buy a PSVR for PS4 from GameStop or Amazon

Why it’s time to buy a PSVR for PS4 from GameStop or Amazon

If you've yet to jump aboard the PlayStation VR train, you might want to have a look at new deals from Amazon and GameStop. Both companies have special offers on PlayStation VR at the moment, allowing you to pick up required hardware for a little less money. Though not a discount in the traditional sense, this is still a deal worth considering.

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Next PlayStation console to debut in 2018, predicts analyst

Next PlayStation console to debut in 2018, predicts analyst

The PS4 Pro has barely been out for six months, so it's hard to imagine another new game console from Sony in the near future. However, if the release of the PS4 Pro itself, along with the upcoming Xbox Project Scorpio, has shown us anything, it's that Sony and Microsoft are no longer sticking to a 5 to 7 year lifespan for their systems. With this in mind, it should come as little surprise that there's a new report on the next PlayStation launching as early as 2018.

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PS4 sales are going to slow, Sony warns

PS4 sales are going to slow, Sony warns

PlayStation 4 may have given Sony a welcome nudge upwards in its latest financial results, but the company is warning that sales are likely to slow in the year ahead. Sales in Sony's Game & Network Services division rose 6.3-percent year-on-year, to $14.73bn, an increase which the company says was primarily down to greater sales of PS4 and games for the console. Now, though, the PS4 enters a new stage of its life, Sony warns.

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WS620 Bluetooth Walkman is rugged enough to keep up with you

WS620 Bluetooth Walkman is rugged enough to keep up with you

When you're working out, whether in a gym, running outside, or even swimming, some music helps you keep out the monotony and, ironically, keep you focused. Those activities, however, require you to have equipment that can withstand the forces of nature just as well as you. That's the promise that Sony is making by launching its new Walkman WS620 series of Bluetooth headphones. Their light and lithe appearance belies the fact that these audio accessories are made to weather snow, sun, sea, water, and, of course, sweat.

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Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be available in the United States starting on May 1, but ahead of that launch date comes preorders through a couple online retailers. The Xperia XA1 will be offered in a few colors -- white, black, pink and gold -- and will be sold unlocked for use at any supported carrier. This handset features an edge-to-edge 5-inch display, a fairly substantial 23-megapixel rear camera, and (much) more.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Most phone manufacturers would wait until a phone is released to begin offering different color variants, but not Sony. Instead, Sony has announced a third color for its Xperia XZ Premium before we even have a solid launch date. So, if the standard choices of Deepsea Black and Luminous Chrome aren't doing it for you, you won't necessarily have to wait until after launch to get something different.

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This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

Some things are never meant to be and this probably one of them. We've seen our fair share of gaming devices and peripherals magnified a hundred times their size, but almost all of those have been fan-made. This one, however, is as official as it gets. Sony has made a gigantic PS4 controller to celebrate the remaster of Parappa the Rapper, which is celebrating its 20th year. And what better way to make a big party than by having a big controller?

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